The desire for disinheritance in austerity Greece

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Associated with notions of family continuity, lineage, national belonging, and cultural roots, in Greece property inheritance was once highly desired. Yet, in recent years, there has been a rising trend of people wanting to be disinherited because of the economic burden of new taxes introduced as part of the international austerity program and the need to focus all resources on the short-term future of the immediate family. The desire for disinheritance amounts to a longing for disconnectedness, for exiting not only political structures but also kinship structures that have been historically closely linked with a Greek sense of self as particular political subjects. A focus on inheritance demonstrates how the political can be located in the mundane and the everyday.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-42
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Austerity
  • Belonging
  • Dispossession
  • Greece
  • Inheritance


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